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How do we determine ramp length and angle required for vehicle access to an elevated surface?

I'm wondering if there's any mathematical or scientific way to determine the car ramp's length and angle provided car's ground clearance and height of garage floor from the road. I'm looking to find ...
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How to change heat pump water heater filter when there’s no clearance

I got a new heat pump water heater installed. Unfortunately my installer should have never ever gotten a license. Among many “crimes” that he committed I only afterwards found out that I cannot even ...
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Does US building code allow a toilet or sink to be placed in the clear floor space on the side of a tub?

I'm trying to understand the building codes used in the US and specifically NJ for the clear space in front of a shower or bathtub. This is for a residential single family home. I remember reading ...
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Where can I place a direct vent termination location for water heater?

Location: U.S. I'm trying to figure out all of the clearance distances requirements and looking for the best place to vent a new direct vent water heater. As you can see by the image, the existing ...
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Can I install zero clearance hinges on my refrigerator? [closed]

I'm having my new kitchen installed. I have 2 fridges one next to the other. I asked the kitchen designer if it would be ok for the clearance and he said yes. And... it isn't and it's a nightmare. I ...
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Advice on panel replacement / clearance issue

I have an old Pushmatic panel that I would like to replace but am struggling with a pretty glaring clearance issue as you can see in the photos. The house is a tri-level in Columbus, OH and was built ...
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Minimum perimeter clearance within basement utility room

We are remodeling our basement and our water heater / HVAC unit (no fuel, all electric) is awkwardly placed in the middle of the room. We are enclosing those items in a closet space, but would like ...
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How do I keep a GFCI outlet with tight clearance from shorting inside a steel electrical box?

I was replacing outlets and faceplates in my kitchen, finding mostly original electrical boxes or blue old-work boxes, and everything was going fine until I tested a double-gang GFCI outlet and outlet ...
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Can I put an electrical panel in a closet in a closet?

That's not a typo in the subject line. I am finishing part of my basement to put in a new master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I was planning on putting the panel in the walk-in closet but enclosing ...
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How much clearance is needed between window and wall for portable AC hose?

We have a project upcoming to replace the windows in our condo. We have the option to add portable AC hose vents to the spandrel, and I need to decide on the placement of the spandrel in the windows. ...
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What should I use for an interior door threshold if the clearance is only 1/2”?

I just had hardwood floors installed in my office and I need to install a threshold to cover where the hallway carpet and hardwood join. The challenge is, the clearance is only 1/2” under the door (a ...
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Attic Skylight Install to Increase Sloped Ceiling Head Room

I have an attic I'm considering converting to living space and looking at ways to increase light while also increasing head room. The current (skylight-less) roof has a slope and I'm wondering if I ...
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garbage disposal relocation

Complete newbie to DIY-ing as well as Plumbing. My wife and I decided to upgrade our kitchen sink and we chose a single basin, 9" deep model. I've been reading a lot on plumbing best practices ...
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How can I drill holes less than 1" from a wall?

I need to drill pilot holes through 1x1 and into a stud, with the 1x1 flush with the wall. I figure the hole has to be no more than 5/8" from the wall. My drill is too wide to drill a ...
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Electrical outlet clearance from a hot water panel radiator

What is the clearance of an electrical outlet from a hot water panel radiator? So facing the wall with a window and having a panel radiator down below hanged/fixed on the wall, how far away left and ...
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Hiding Ugly HVAC Outdoor Venting and Intake

I have 3 HVAC pipes coming out of my house, by my entrance that are eye sores. One set (intake/exhaust) is for my furnace and the largest one is an exhaust for my hot water tank. They are directly ...
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Murphy bed baseboard clearance

I'm planning to buy and install a wall/murphy bed of some kind as part of a renovation of a weird little building in my backyard (former owner's sculpture studio). Because of this building's past, it'...
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Can I reduce the size of a chase, to more closely fit the ducts within it?

I have a framed in rectangle in my kitchen. I recently opened up a section of it and can see that there is only a 7" round duct in the roughly 22" x 30"box. I am wondering if I can possibly re frame ...
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Gas dryer vent install, how close to wall?

I am installing a gas dryer, I understand all the requirements, but cannot find anything that addresses this question; my install comes out the back of the dryer and goes vertical about 4 ft, then ...
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How do I interpret my furnace clearance diagram?

My brother-in-law and I are going to be finishing my basement. We just got the permit from the building inspector. When they returned my plans there was a note that told me to make sure furnace and ...
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Is it code-legal to have a circuit breaker box within a storage room?

I am currently in the process of planning a room remodel to convert an existing bedroom into a home office and storage room. One thing that makes this conversion a little bit tricky, is the existence ...
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